7 Critical Factors To Consider When Choosing Which Job To Apply
By Susan Gitonga,
The hustle of getting a job in Kenya is one rite of passage that Lecturers and parents don’t prepare graduates for. Looking for a job is a full time job in itself and the waiting game after sending applications is as daunting as it is stressful.
But what happens when you find a Job you would like to apply for? What factors do you consider before sending in your application? Do you have deal breakers and red flags you look out for? While it’s not good to be choosy, don’t let desperation drive you into settling for a job, for the sake of it.
Here are 7 factors to consider, that should guide you as you choose which job to apply for:
1. Consider The Benefits/Remuneration
Unless you’re applying for an internship position, you should be applying for jobs that pay. Consider how much the company is willing to pay you for your work. Assess your situation in terms of demands and responsibilities you need to take care of financially, in order to pick a reasonable job for you. If for example you have siblings you take care of and rent bills you should cater for, pick a job that will meet your needs financially. Never settle. The right job is out there for you.
2. Consider The Values Of The Company
Not all companies value the same things in life. You might get a job opportunity that requires you to compromise your values sexually, or financially. Always do your research on a Company and the role before submitting your application. Make sure you are comfortable with all the terms that are tied to the core values of a company. The last thing you want is regretting later that you are doing a job that you’re not comfortable with.
3. Consider The Qualifications Requirements
It’s okay to apply for a job that is within your qualifications and slightly above, but at the same time, don’t be over ambitious. Most people get into jobs they are not qualified for and their performance shows as they are unable to meet all the demands of the job. While it’s good to aspire to learn and challenge yourself, ensure that the job you apply for is manageable, one that you can effectively deliver.
4. Consider The Location
The high cost of living in Kenya can drive you into settling for a job that is not necessarily a good fit for you. Location is sometimes overlooked when it comes to applying for jobs, but it is a key factor to consider. If you have a family of young ones, for example, consider whether it might be right to relocate. If they’re in school, might that mean that you transfer them? Or if you’re married, might that mean that you both relocate?
Choose a job located in a place you are willing to move close to. Other jobs might also be located in risky areas, and that might be something you need to consider as well.
5. Consider Your 5-Year Career Plan
I assume that you have a career plan that you wish to accomplish by say 5 years or 10 years. No one can tell the future, but we can determine the direction by the choices we make today. If you intend to be a Human Resource Manager in 5 years, you should not be settling for a job in sale just because you can’t seem to find a job.
Pick a job that suits your career plans, a job that will provide a way to your goals and dreams.
6. Consider Growth Opportunities
Don’t settle for a job that doesn’t challenge you and motivate you to be a better person. Pick a job that you qualify for, that requires you to do more than is expected. Pick a job that has strict deadlines, so that you can develop good time management skills, a job is competitive, so that you can outdo yourself and work hard to retain the job etc.
Don’t pick a job that is too easy. Look for a job that provides you with an opportunity to grow.
7. Consider Work Life Balance
Some jobs might mean that you have no free day, even a Sunday, and that might not be suitable for you. The Newly Appointed Chief Justice David Maraga refused to compromise his Saturday which is his Sabbath day according to his Faith. It’s important that you determine which work schedules you can work with and which ones you can’t. Work is good, and giving it 100% is even better, but you must determine what you are willing to handle on your plate and what you can’t, then pick the right job for you